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Oil for Development

UNEP-WCMC, in partnership with the Norwegian Environment Agency, is working to ensure a positive relationship between oil & gas development and environmental & social responsibility in c...


UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub

UNEP-WCMC is the lead organisation for this global project, working together with partners towards sustainable trade in commodities and wild products

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The Development Corridors Partnership

The Development Corridors Partnership, led by UNEP-WCMC, is helping countries in East Africa to plan for a sustainable future.

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Framing the future for biodiversity

In 2020 a new global biodiversity framework will be agreed to replace the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. UNEP-WCMC is well placed to support govern...

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ABNJ Deep Seas Project

The ABNJ Deep Seas Project works to achieve efficiency and sustainability in the use of deep-sea living resources, and is jointly implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization and UN Envi...

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UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre is working with the Natural Capital Finance Alliance to build the knowledge base needed by financial institutions to understand thei...

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Our 100-strong international team are recognised leaders in their field and have unrivalled understanding of the institutional landscape surrounding biodiversity policy and ecosystem management.

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Neil Burgess

Neil’s primary role as Chief Scientist is to oversee the scientific and technical work of UNEP-WCMC, to work to develop our profile and collaborations with external partners interested in the conservation of nature, and to promote the role data and analysis plays in effective conservation delivery. He also helps to publish leading scientific work at the science-policy interface, mentors staff in scientific delivery and ensures overall quality and scientific credibility of outputs across UNEP-WCMC.

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Valerie Kapos

Climate Change and Biodiversity

Valerie leads on our work on the impacts of climate change and the role of ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation. In addition to overseeing and managing the work of the large Climate Change and Biodiversity team, her role includes overseeing the development of new projects and ideas, and liaising with counterparts in national governments, and with key collaborators, partners and funders.

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Three more countries start National Ecosystem Assessments

17 February 2021

The Dominican Republic, Malawi, and Thailand are starting National Ecosystem Assessments (NEA), taking a further step towards accounting for nature and its contributions to people in policymakin...

Successful protected areas are a matter of quality, not just quantity

16 February 2021

Protected areas offer vital solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges including climate change, species extinction, water scarcity, food insecurity and poverty. They provide safe ...

UNEP-WCMC’s women scientists reflect on their careers

11 February 2021

At present, less than 30% of researchers worldwide are women. At UNEP-WCMC we are proud to support female scientists at all stages of their career. Of the Centre’s 134 permanent technical ...

Businesses must adapt to survive

05 February 2021

Adapt to Survive: Business transformation in a time of uncertainty, the first of six GEO for Business Briefs from UNEP, is clear that unless businesses make the shift towards sustainable, nature...

The Dasgupta Review: we are all managers of nature’s assets

04 February 2021

The review highlights that we are all managers of nature’s assets whether as individuals, businesses, governments or international organisations, through the choices we make – the pr...

Why the way businesses understand biodiversity risk matters

26 January 2021

The risk to biodiversity from business activity has been understood and, in some cases, managed for many years. But the risk to business from biodiversity loss is still very much in an emergent ...

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